1,000 Reasons Never to Kiss a Boy

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Reason One: Because a boy will betray you in a walk-in fridge . . . And when this happens you will be too surprised and mad and confused to move, let alone give him the quick kick he so totally deserves.
This is how Jane's whirlwind four-month relationship with Elliot comes to an end-in the walk-in fridge, at the bagel shop, with Valerie. Jane is distraught, and vows to never get involved with another boy. Why bother when there are a thousand reasons why it will never be worth ...
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Reason One: Because a boy will betray you in a walk-in fridge . . . And when this happens you will be too surprised and mad and confused to move, let alone give him the quick kick he so totally deserves.
This is how Jane's whirlwind four-month relationship with Elliot comes to an end-in the walk-in fridge, at the bagel shop, with Valerie. Jane is distraught, and vows to never get involved with another boy. Why bother when there are a thousand reasons why it will never be worth it. But there are more surprises in store for Jane this year, and one of them-a surprisingly cute one of them-lives right next door.
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Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Sixteen-year-old Jane has only just begun to feel the immense joy of teen love when it is suddenly over. She finds her boyfriend Elliot in a hormonal clutch with another girl in the walk-in refrigerator at the bagel shop where they all work. Faster than you can say "lox," Elliot is fired, but that does not mean that Jane's broken heart is quickly mended. Stung by his unexpected betrayal, Jane reflects on the ups and downs of their ill-fated romance, works through her feelings of anger, and decides to give up boys forever. Martha Freeman's Jane is a romantically immature, but thoroughly likable heroine. This story, with its complete cast of unique supporting characters, maintains a humorous tone as it builds toward a surprisingly satisfying conclusion.
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Sixteen-year-old Jane has had it with boys. After she discovers her boyfriend Eliot making out with another girl in the cooler at the bagel store where they both work, she decides that she will pen her manifesto-"a thousand reasons never to kiss a boy." Jane recounts the relationship's past occurrences and stumbles upon its undoing, which should be no surprise to the reader; though Jane is blind to Eliot's glaring faults, even a marginally perceptive reader will immediately pick up his less-than-honorable intentions. Jane's relationship with Eliot is fairly typical; Eliot is a stereotypical teenaged male character who is only interested in himself and "one thing." Jane struggles to make the choice to bend to peer pressure and "do it," and wrestles introspectively about her impending choice. This solid chick-lit submission is predictably formulaic, from its pedestrian plot to its calculable characters. Nonetheless, it's a wholesome read that will undoubtedly be popular with female teen readers. (Fiction. 12-16)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780823420445
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2008

    Teen Trials

    Once again Martha Freeman shows her understanding of adolescents and the every day challenges they face. Jane has a busy life with a job and dealing with boys who seem capable of complicating your life in ways you¿d never expect. Jane¿s story is told with candor and humor and provides a very real look at the ups and downs that make up the life of teens today. The book is another ¿keeper¿ for any teenager¿s library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2008

    Shameful

    when i saw this book i thought it looked very good but when i started reading it, my mind changed.its all about her complaining and telling the storeis of the past about her x boyfriend, and wanting him back. then the guy that she ends up with is barely in the book. its like hes in the middle a few times but barely has any lines, the BAM! hes in the end.if youre asking if its worth it, i should say its not. dont do the same mistake i did

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2008

    This was fun. . .

    There are 1,000 reasons why you should not pick up this book. Reason 1: You will find it difficult to put down. Reason 2: The chapters are short, so instead of going to sleep like a normal person, you will give in to the temptation to keep reading ¿just one more chapter.¿ This is another great book about relationships. Jane walks in on her former boyfriend, Elliott, as he and Valerie (the workplace siren) are heating up the walk-in refrigerator. Broken-hearted, Jane begins to compile her 1,000 reasons never to kiss a boy. Each chapter is labeled with a reason, but falls short of the promised 1,000 when she realizes that maybe it was just that she picked the wrong boy. There are several fascinating subplots including her mother¿s unconventional birth, the recognition that her father is human, and the courage it takes to decide NOT to have sex in the face of great pressure. This is a wonderfully written, thoroughly enjoyable romp through teenaged anxiety. There were quite a few parts where I actually had to chuckle out loud. There are several possible curricular ties: Health, English, even History. Perhaps the best reason to read it, though, is the fact that it is just plain fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2007

    Okay . . .

    This book isn't like any other I've read and and it disappointed me. Overall it was okay and a easy read. Sadly it didn't meet my expectations. Although it disappointed me it was very unique.

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